Graduate Minneapolis

615 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414 Map · Phone number · Visit website
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About Graduate Minneapolis

Located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the Graduate Minneapolis is a professional hotel where intellectual curiosity meets a favorite place to stay. This sought-after venue has been part of the wedding industry since 2013. The industrial venue specializes in unique weddings, making them memorable for each couple and all guests.

Facilities and Capacity
The venue’s lush lake house landscape is complemented by dottings of forest green, woodland toile, and details of plum paisley and Corvette red to bring guests’ home. The lobby is usually a lounge-central for students to compete in serious air hockey tournaments or eat from the roving food carts serving local flavor. Whether guests are mingling amid the cozy communal tables or by the dramatic fireplace, the venue and its woodsy backdrop offer a unique atmosphere perfect for a joyous occasion. From the Graduate’s grand Meridian Ballroom to the intimate and elegant Pinnacle Ballroom, the hotel has the perfect spaces for couples to host their wedding. The Meridian Ballroom, their most spacious event location, is ideal for bigger celebrations, accommodating up to 350 guests. The grand and elegant room is located in the east wing of the mezzanine level, offering a large pre-function area to greet guests, along with access to a private outdoor terrace. Ideal for smaller gatherings, the Pinnacle Ballroom, located in the west wing of the mezzanine level and also offering pre-function space, can host up to 150 guests and can continue the fun outside on the outdoor terrace. The hotel also boasts the Pathways Room, ideal for meeting or pre-function gatherings, the Focus Room, several breakout rooms, and the Primp Room, featuring an elegant lounge area complete with a luxe sitting space and grand mirrors to get ready in.

Services Offered
Whether couples are celebrating their special day as an intimate ceremony or an over-the-top bash, the Graduate Minneapolis is guaranteed to make the occasion unforgettable. From setup and cleanup to event planning, the Graduate offers numerous services so couples can enjoy their special day. Couples also receive in-house catering, lighting and sound, and event rentals, including decorations, furniture, linens, and china. Other accommodations provided include:

  • Bridal suite
  • Liability insurance
  • Wireless Internet
  • Outside vendors
  • Pet-friendly attitude
  • Chairs, tables, and dancefloor
  • Barware, flatware, and glassware
  • Parking with optional valet, wheelchair access, and a shuttle

Cuisine
The Graduate’s creative culinary team will work with couples to concept custom menus and recipes that perfectly reflect each soon-to-be-wed couple. They offer full-service banquets and their signature food carts, providing a delicious touch. From Middle Eastern to Caribbean cuisine, the team offers a wide range of regional food in different presentations, including buffets, stations, family-style, hors d'oeuvres, and plated meals. The venue can also accommodate dietary needs with vegetarian/vegan options and lactose, nut, and gluten-free meals. Their other catering abilities include:

  • Cocktail receptions
  • French service
  • Dessert
  • Outside cake
  • Servers
  • Tastings
  • Organic or pork-free cuisine

Location
Nestled in the heart of the University of Minnesota campus between Coffman Memorial Union and a stone's throw from the Gopher’s stadium, Graduate Minneapolis is just a short walk from local businesses, the Mississippi River, and beautiful parks. The gorgeous venue is only two miles from the magic of downtown Minneapolis and 12 miles from the Minneapolis−Saint Paul International Airport, making all occasions easily accessible and close to plenty of entertainment and activity options.

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24 Reviews for Graduate Minneapolis

Recommended by 99% of couples


5.0 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Flexibility 4.9
  • Value 4.9
  • Average response time 5.0

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    Monica · Getting married on 08/03/2019

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    • Responsiveness:
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    • Value:
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    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
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    We were so happy with The Graduate Hotel for our engagement party! Everyone there listened to us, were quick to reply and very accommodating/helpful. Especially Michael, he was really great! The location of the ballroom was nice as well, many of our guests had the option to be inside or outside on their patio which worked out well for a Minnesota summer!

    Sent on 06/22/2018

    Graduate Minneapolis's reply:

    Thanks for the great review Monica! It was a pleasure helping you and Div celebrate your engagement and wishing you both all the best with your wedding next year.
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    Jennifer Goetz · Married on 04/05/2019

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    • Responsiveness:
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    • Value:
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    • Flexibility:
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    A Stunning Venue!

    I highly recommend you visit the Graduate Minneapolis! If you are planning wedding or other event festivities, this is a gorgeous venue and is the place to book! Michael and all of the staff are extremely responsive and go above and beyond to make sure that your wishes are met and your event goes smoothly. A must see!

    Sent on 05/20/2019

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Graduate Minneapolis Pricing

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Here's what couples with similar selections spent on this venue:

$4,317 - $13,862
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This venue offers the below options which may impact pricing:

  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Elopements
  • Rehearsal Dinner
  • Lighting / Sound
  • Outside Vendors
  • Pet Friendly
  • Set Up
  • Wifi
  • Accommodations
  • Bar Services
  • Catering Services
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planner
  • Event Rentals
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Liability Insurance
  • Buffet
  • Cocktail Reception
  • Dessert
  • Family Style
  • French Service
  • Hors d'oeuvres
  • Outside Cake
  • Plated
  • Server(s)
  • Stations
  • Tastings

Graduate Minneapolis Price Rates

Graduate Minneapolis FAQ

  • Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue? No
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue? Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season? $ 250.00
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season? $ 250.00
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee? Bridal Suite, Chairs, China, Clean Up, Event Planning, Flatware, Glassware, Linens, Set Up, Tables
  • Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering? Cake Cutting, Server(s)
  • What is the starting price per person for bar service? $ 12.00
  • Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service? Bartender(s), House Liquor, House Wine, Open Bar
  • Describe your venue: Ballroom, Banquet Hall, Hotel
  • What kind of settings are available? Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service? Ceremony, Reception, Bridal Shower, Engagement Party, Elopements, Rehearsal Dinner
  • What event services do you offer? Accommodations, Bar Services, Catering Services, Clean Up, Event Planner, Event Rentals, Get Ready Rooms, Liability Insurance, Lighting / Sound, Outside Vendors, Pet Friendly, Set Up, Wifi
  • What catering services do you offer? Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Family Style, French Service, Hors d'oeuvres, Outside Cake, Plated, Server(s), Stations, Tastings
  • What bar services do you provide? Bartender(s), Cash Bar, Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Liquor, House Wine, Limited Bar, Liquor License, Open Bar, Premium Liquor, Signature Drink, Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine
  • What event items are available? Audio Equipment, Chairs, Dance Floor, Decor, Furniture, Lighting, Tables
  • What food and beverage items are available? Barware, China, Flatware, Glassware, Linens
  • What transportation and access is available? Parking, Shuttle, Valet, Wheelchair Access
  • What months are included in your peak season? April, May, June, July, August, September, October
  • What months are included in your off-peak season? January, February, March, November, December

2 Wedding Deals & Discounts

  • Graduate Minneapolis 1
    Winter Wedding Special
    Book your wedding on a Saturday November-March and receive a complimentary upgrade from our Silver Package to Gold or choose to the Platinum Package and receive $10 off per person.
  • Graduate Minneapolis 2
    Friday/Sunday Upgrade Special
    Book your wedding on a Friday or a Sunday evening and receive a complimentary upgrade from our Silver Package to Gold or choose to the Platinum Package and receive $10 off per person.

Professional Network & Endorsements

4 Endorsements

  • Bellagala Photography
    Bellagala Photography Wedding Photographers

    Commons Hotel are fantastic at what they do! They really appreciate and always work to reach everyone's needs. The team there were so helpful and really worked hard to make everything perfect!

  • Après Event Decor & Tent Rental
    Après Event Decor & Tent Rental Wedding Rentals

    We are always happy to work with Brenda Picasso at The Commons Hotel!

  • Midwest Sound DJ Entertainment
    Midwest Sound DJ Entertainment Wedding DJs

    The Commons Hotel is a fantastic place to have your reception. Beautiful Venue and Friendly Staff.

Map

  • 615 Washington Ave SE Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55414 See on map
    612-326-6417 (Phone number)
    6123626667 (Other Phone Number)
    Monday-Saturday 9:00am - 5:00pm

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